Action Adventure

Parasite (Ar’Kritz the Intruder) [PSX – Cancelled]

Update: this game was later released and renamed to Ar’Kritz the Intruder for PC only! The Playstation version was never released.

Parasite is a cancelled side-scrolling action adventure that was in development by Virtual Studio (while other sources report that it was created by Sony Interactive or Psygnosis / Sony Studio Liverpool) and it was going to be published in 1996, for the original Playstation and PC. Even if it looked nice and it could have had a fun gameplay (somehow similar to  Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee maybe?), in the end the project was canned for unknown reasons. As we can read in the original press release:

Parasite is a film-noir  thriller with a twist. In it you play an ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances – possessed by an alien law enforcer, you’re forced to walk the mean streets in search of  undercover extra-terrestrials.  But as the alien slowly mutates your host body, you’d better help him solve this one quickly, before you shape-shift beyond recognition.

Parasite features two quests in one, as you balance your own need for an
antidote with the relentless demands of the alien who’s got an agenda of his own.

Featuring a fully rendered 3D city to explore (with over 300 screens of, this dark adventure game explores an alternate reality where Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson.

There are not much more info on Parasite, but Celine was able to find some more  screens in Game Pro issues 75 and 79.

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Videos (from the released PC version):

 

Ascendant (Dungeons) [PS3/X360/PC – Beta]

As reported before, Big Huge Games was working on a new, THQ-published RPG for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. When THQ was hit by financial troubles, Big Huge Games was sold to 38 Studios where it seems that they still work on Ken Rolston’s new “masterpiece”. It’s currently unknown if this game will ever be released. 

Kameo 2 [Xbox 360 – Cancelled]

Kameo 2 [Xbox 360 – Cancelled]

Kameo 2“, successor of Kameo: Elements of Power, is a cancelled Xbox 360 title which was in development at British studio Rare Ltd. Although it was never officially announced, some Kameo 2 animations appeared in a reel of a former Rare employee, as noticed by some Kameo-fans at the neoGaf Forum. It’s interesting to see that the style of the project looked different from the original game, with a more “realistic” version of the character.  We can speculate that they tried to make Kameo more “mature” to appeal more to the typical Xbox userbase. It is unknown to what extent development was finished when the title was cancelled in late 2007 – around two years after the original was released.

In 2008, concepts for a more direct sequel were created. Kameo mainly retained her design from the same game, just with a more realistic style. Images can be found beneath.

Thanks to Hey Hey for the contribution!

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Character design of Kameo in 2008:

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Alan Wake [X360 – Beta]

Alan Wake is an action adventure game developed by Remedy Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the Max Payne games. It is due for release on Xbox 360 in March 2010 and plans for a Windows release have been shelved indefinitely. Alan Wake was originally announced at E3 2005 and in 5 years of development the team decided to change Alan’s appearance since the first trailer. Let’s see those changes throughout the years:

Alan’s First Design (2005):

2006:

2008:


2009:

 

Gunslinger [PS2 – Cancelled]

Gunslinger is an unreleased action adventure set in the old west, that was in development by Surreal Software in 2001 / 2002 for the Playstation 2.  Initially the game was going to be published by Activision, but it was later purchased by Sony probably because they felt the potential of the project, but in the end it was cancelled, because of marketing reasons (as it was seen as not enough profitable to release). The gameplay would have been similar to Red Dead Revolver (by Rockstar Games) and Gun (by Neversoft), with an open ended world, lots of gun fights, horseback exploration and much more. With a “morality system”, similar to the one seen in Black & White or Fable, the player would have been able to earn a reputation based on his good or evil decisions through the game. A playable build of the game was shown at E3 2000, so maybe we’ll be able to play it sooner or later if someone could preserve the demo and share it with the community.

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